Usmakabyle wins PES World Finals 2016
Rachid 'Usmakable' Tebane has won the PES 2016 World Final which took place in Milan, Italy on May 27 and May 28.
His victory means that he is the first player in PES World Finals history to win the title twice after also winning the PES 2015 World Finals in Berlin, Germany last year.
The Frenchman beat Brazilian champion Guifera15 in an enthralling match which took place live on stage in front of thousands of spectators at the UEFA Champions Festival - a four day long celebration which takes place alongside the UEFA Champions League Final.
He had qualified for the final the previous day with a series of impressive performances throughout the first day of the competition beginning with a 5-2 victory over rodrybmx20 (USA). A further 5 victories followed as he finished top of Group 2 with 18 points.
This form continued into the knockout stages with a clinicle 5-1 victory over baggitekstil (Turkey) in the last 16 before repeating the scoreline in a Quarter Final win against DAVALTY (Colombia).
In the Semi Finals Usmakabyle faced kopperspumas (Mexico) who was one of three South American players still left in the competition who were hoping to become the first ever American PES World Champion. Despite being evenly matched for most of the match, Usmakabyle was able to gain the advantage eventually winning 3-1 leaving the Mexican to contest the third place play off against Colthirst (Panama).
Guifera15 was also able to win his group before beating pabloartista (Spain), Ambidextrous (UK) - in a penalty shoot out, and Colthirst (Panama) who won the third place play off and 3.000 EURO.
The final itself got off to an explosive start with Guifera15 taking a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Usmakabyle then started to get into the game and managed to score two quick goals to level the score only for Guifera15 to regain the lead almost instantly. Usmakabyle was able to score again right at the end of the second half meaning it was 3-3 at the break.
The second half promised to be equally as frantic with Usmakabyle taking the lead for the first time shortly after kick off. The Frenchman however used his experience and started to play more defensive tactics. Despite having a player sent off on 75 minutes, and the best efforts of Guifera15 to attack, Usmakabyle was able to see out of the game and become the first ever two time PES World Champion.
After lifting the trophy and receiving a cheque for 15.000 EURO (and congratulations from Gaizka Mendieta) Usmakabyle along with Guifera15 went to the San Siro to play PES 2016 pitchside at the UEFA Champions League Final before watching the match from the stands.
Selected matches from the tournament can be watched on the official live stream which is available on the PES League Twitch Channel. There is also a report from event admin Bees, and compere Osiris looking back on the tournament and analysing the final.
With the PES World Finals now complete, PES League would like to thank all players who have competed over the season.
Details for next season will be published on the website over the coming months. In the meantime players can participate in our Official UEFA EURO 2016 Virtual Tournament events for the chance to compete for UEFA EURO 2016 Final tickets in Paris, France on July 7.
The PES League World Final took place on May 27 and May 28 in Milan, Italy.